What is SymSys Society?
The SymSys Society is a student group that seeks to provide community, academic guidance, and intellectual engagement to students who are interested in SymSys-y topics. The group hosts a number of events throughout each quarter, including faculty-student dinners, coffee chats with professors, academic reading groups, and student lunch socials. Though most students in the group are declared or tentative Symbolic Systems majors, we also have a sizable number of students within other majors, including CS, STS, MCS, philosophy, and economics.
What is Symbolic Systems?
Symbolic Systems is an academic program at Stanford that seeks to understand and quantify age-old questions about the mind and its relation to the world it creates. Symbolic Systems is composed of many sub-fields, including (but not limited to): artificial intelligence, cognitive science, neuroscience, human-computer interaction, applied logic, linguistics, and philosophy. Students who study Symbolic Systems are typically interested in questions relating to intelligence (both natural and artificial), language, meaning, information processing, and consciousness. Our program is analogous to cognitive science at other schools.
For more information, visit the About page on the Symbolic Systems website here. If you'd like to talk to current SymSys students, feel free to message a current board member in the major or any of the advising fellows here.